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This Rare Footage In The 1940s Shows Detroit Like You’ve Never Seen Before

If you’re a history buff, there’s nothing more fascinating than watching video footage of a time long past. When it comes to Detroit, it can be difficult to imagine what life was like in the Motor City before its financial woes and other social struggles. But as we look toward the bright future of our beloved city, it’s important to look back at where we come from — in the hopes that Detroit will continue to grow and change as it enters a new era.

The footage below is a fascinating compilation of videos that offer a one-of-a-kind glimpse into what life was like in Detroit during the late 1930s and 1940s. You’ll be taken on an incredible journey through a handful of Detroit’s most famous landmarks and buildings. While many of these places have changed entirely since this footage was shot, you might be surprised at how much you’re still able to recognize!

Keep your eyes peeled for especially intriguing footage of Belle Isle, downtown Detroit, and even the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. The most beautiful sight, though, is certainly seeing the smiling faces of Detroiters who experienced the city during its prime.

This footage was originally posted by YouTube user mikcollmi, whose channel features plenty of footage of the Motor City from various other eras. If you enjoyed this video, be sure to visit mikcollmi’s channel here to continue your exciting trip down memory lane. Long live the Motor City!